roads / banc d´essai internationaux was
created in 1990 as a European network of dance organizations.
Over the past years this dedicated group has continued expanding
the possibilities of supporting contemporary dance. In the
meantime a core of partners and independent performance venues
have come together to encourage an artistic dialog and the
international structures within the development of the dance.
Taking place bi-annually, the international dance
roads tour represents the nucleus of these activities,
during which all of the dance companies from each partner
country perform together.
Young talented choreographers and their companies are scouting
out "dance roads" throughout Europe.
partners each choose one professional dance company in their
country. In particular "young" choreographers who
have drawn attention to themselves with their second or third
work are chosen. They are expected to have created a signature
style and should show artistic potential in the development
of their choreographic work on an international level. The
companies perform together during a two-month tour to all
of the network's partner countries.
tanz performance köln was a dance
roads network partner for 10 years. Over this period
of time many young artists, some of whom have in the meantime
won international recognition, appeared on the stage of the
In 2002, tanz performance köln handed over dance
roads, then in its 9th year, to Barbara Friedich, director
of the Tanztage Berlin. We are happy to have found such a
motivated and competent successor. She will continue to manage
the project as the German partner on an international level,
choosing the German dance roads participant
and introducing Berlin as the new German venue for all involved
artists and partners.